There is growing industry concern about the nature of any transitional deal between the UK and the EU, and what that deal will mean for Ofcom-licensed broadcasters whose channels are exported to the EU. Television companies face challenging decisions about where, when or if to re-license in order to continue broadcasting to the EU, possibly as soon as March 2019. That decision involves the substantial task of researching, reviewing and comparing the broadcast environment in all 30 EU and EEA countries.
For the last year, the Brexit Team at broadcast and media consultancy Expert Media Partners (EMP) has been working on research that will help broadcasters to assess the regulatory environment of each of the 30 EU and EEA Countries. The research has been published in the firm’s new Brexit Broadcast Licensing Directory.
EMP has released its Top 5 based on research into areas such as the regulatory environment, ease of doing business, creative infrastructure and quality of life for each country. The Top 5 jurisdictions are:
1 – Ireland
2 – Netherlands
3 – Luxembourg
4 – Malta
5 – Estonia
“The leading jurisdictions are mostly those with real experience of international broadcasting, a good reputation for doing business and a stable and reliable legal system,” advised EMP Managing Partner, Ed Hall. “We have also taken into account how keen they are to attract new licensees and how easy we have found it do deal with the country and regulator in compiling our research.”